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Willis once again comes through for me with a great book about time travel.  It is set in the same “universe” as To Say Nothing of the Dog and is just as engaging.  Kirvin is being sent back to 1320 to study life in the time of the Middle Ages.  Meanwhile, her professor is back in the current time (2050s) and is trying to determine if she made it there all right.  Unfortunately, the person who can tell him falls very ill and a quarantine is set for the entire town of Oxford.  While Dunworthy tries to help with the sickness, he is also frantically searching for a way to determine if Kirvin is ok.  Meanwhile, Kirvin made it there, but is horribly sick.  Nothing goes as planned and there is a stunning twist about 2/3 of the way through that make you gasp out loud.  While not a 100% happy ending,  it is a satisfying ending.  A great book with wonderful characters.

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Yeah another Dark Hunter series.  This one focuses on the Katagari and the Arcadians.  It is the story of Fang Kattalakis and Aimee Peltier.  As usual, fate manages to put the two most likely people together and these two are no different.  An arcadian bear and a katagari wolf should never end up as mates, but that is exactly what will happen.  But in order for them to be together, some serious stuff will have to hit the fan.  I loved all the twists and turns Kenyon put in this book.  Her books keep getting better and better (which is amazing considering how good they were to start with).  I hope we get to see more of these two characters in the coming books.

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I don’t quite know what to make of this book.  It is a book about dinosaurs that have been turned into men and are there to save the world.  They each will presumably have a book where they fall in love.  But the thing is that they turn into dinosaurs to fight and I just don’t think that is realistic.  Surely someone would notice a gigantic 100 ft long dinosaur in the vicinity.  Anyway,  I won’t say I hated it, but I did find it beyond bizarre.  Bangs took too many different myths and storylines and tried to cram them all into one book.  I think it would have been better to leave them out.  I also think this book would have read better if it was a straight adventure story instead of trying to be a romance.

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This is one of the bastion club novels and is about the leader of the Bastion Club, Royce Varisey.  He comes home to reconcile with his father too late, because his father has passed away and now he is the Duke of Wolverstone.  He is immediately told he must marry and quickly by many of the grand dames of society.  He, of course, wants to do nothing of the sort.  But then, there is his chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton.  She knows the lands and people and helps him to learn them too, but soon Royce realizes he wants her in his bed.  Of course things take their predictable course with an evil villain popping up throughout.

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Books about the Grim Reaper tend to be entertaining and this one definitely was.  After putting a forgetting charm on herself, Calli goes to live in the mortal world.  But when her father is kidnapped, she is called back to take up the reins of the family business…..namely Death.  But first she must complete three tasks before she can acquire the powers of death.  Meanwhile, the Devil’s protege is trying to also get the position.  While this book had some majorly good points, it still felt a little rough around the edges.  That being said, I would read more if this turns into a series in the hopes that those rough edges get smoothed out.  I think there were some definite possibilities for future stories laid out here and I would love to read them.

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Pia Thompson is back in another Dark Ones novel.  She is conflicted about life and love.  She thought she had found her mate in Kristoff, but after becoming her beloved, he takes off without a word.  But soon she will be back in his sights again, but not for the reasons she thinks.  She is set to release herself from being a Zorya, but to do so she must meet with the vampire council.  Of course nothing goes as planned and soon Kristoff and Pia are on a fast paced adventure to try and find a missing vampire along with discovering who has control of an evil demon.  MacAlister has a great mix of humor, romance and adventure to make her books light and entertaining.

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This book does not center around one of the six friends who started out in Mystic and Rider.  the most recent 12 Houses book, Fortune and Fate tells the tale of one of the King’s Riders, Wen, and her attempt to figure out what to do when the world you know has shattered around you.  She finds herself in service to one of the formerly traitorous houses.  She is fighting personal demons while trying to train a guard for the Serramara’s house.  Shinn introduces many characters that we had not met and makes them leap off the page just as she did with her original six.  I hope she keeps writing more books in this series.

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